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Iran Employed Communications Balloons Successfully During Arbaeen

Iran Employed Communications Balloons Successfully During ArbaeenIran Employed Communications Balloons Successfully During Arbaeen

During Arbaeen, which marks the 40th day of martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), in addition to providing Iranian pilgrims visiting Iraq with enhanced telephony and Internet services through communication balloons, local authorities also tested other applications of the balloons that can be deployed during times of natural disaster.
The annual ritual that fell on October 30, was the second of its kind when the Iranian Space Research Center in collaboration with the ICT Ministry used communication balloons near the joint border with Iraq to provide pilgrims with enhanced communication services.
In addition to providing pilgrims with services, other potentials of the hovering communications access points were tested. The balloons can be used during natural disasters when ground-based infrastructure is unusable or broken. Application of the balloons was successfully tested at the Mehran border crossing point from where unusually large numbers of pilgrims passed to pay tribute to the third Imam of Shiite Muslims whose mausoleum is in Karbala.
 

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